ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — After recent incidents on waterways, Ascension Parish Government officials thanked responding local and state authorities Wednesday.

In a statement, parish officials share their appreciation for agencies that respond to accidents that take place in the water. Recent incidents have been a crash in Prairieville that left two teenagers dead on Sunday, June 19, a boating accident on Lake Maurepas that killed three men on Sunday, June 26, and a Fourth of July boating accident on Blind River that killed a Slidell teenager.

Although both boating accidents took place in Livingston Parish, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in searches.

Read Ascension Parish Government’s “Thank You” note to law enforcement:

In appreciation for all of their vigilance and effort, Ascension Parish Government would like to recognize and thank the Ascension Parish Sheriff Department, Wildlife & Fishery, as well as the Ascension Fire Department. It does not go unnoticed, the sacrifice and unselfishness that these departments continually display.

While we all know that safety on the water is of the utmost important, these fine men and women shoulder the burden of assisting during the most tragic of accidents. We are ever so grateful to have them present to show our appreciation, but also to learn more about what we all can do to stay safe on the water. Again, we want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication in responding to incidents on our waterways.

Ascension Parish Government

“Today is a great day to focus on not only the good work that these groups do, but to reflect on how important safety on the water is. Let’s make sure that we keep each other safe,” said Ascension Parish President Cointment.

The state’s department of wildlife and fisheries has recently urged the public to use safety precautions, such as using life jackets, when on the water this summer.

“You might be able to see what’s going on at the surface but you don’t know what’s going on underneath. Don’t think that the waters are going to stay the same all the time, because they change on a daily basis,” said LDWF Captain Len Yokum in an interview in June.

Ascension Parish officials said a press conference is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 14 at the boat launch next to Fred’s on the River in Prairieville.